Football: Promoted Zelvia go top of J1 with 3rd straight win


J-League first-division debutants Machida Zelvia continued to be this season’s surprise packet with a 2-1 away win Saturday at Consodole Sapporo on second-half goals from Shota Fujio and Kosovo international Ibrahim Dresevic.

The win at Sapporo Dome sent Zelvia to the top of the 20-team first-division table with three straight wins following a season-opening draw.

Zelvia, whose manager led them to the J2 championship after 28 years in the high school coaching ranks, looked well-schooled and disciplined in defense. And though their transition into attacking third was inconsistent, the visitors ...

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